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The Effect of Leverage on Bidding Behavior: Theory and Evidence from the FCC Auctions

  • Matthew J. Clayton
  • S. Abraham Ravid
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    This paper investigates how firms’ bidding behavior in various auctions is affected by capital structure. A theoretical model is developed where the first price sealed bid and the English auction are examined. We find as debt levels increase, firms tend to

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